Throughout 2019 and 2020 we facilitated many screenings
of the critically-acclaimed documentary, ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress
& the Science of Hope.’ This
powerful documentary delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
and Toxic Stress and the impact these can have on health.
Two of those screenings were for Happy Talk, an early
intervention model of care within the HSE for children aged up to six living in
disadvantage in Cork City to support their language development.
Aoife O’ Shea, Speech and Language Therapist with
Happy Talk said: “We wanted to share the Resilience movie with our Happy Talk
Communication Champions, a group of early years’ educators and teachers who
partner with Happy Talk – HSE each year.”
“Through Happy Talk we all work together to champion
the language and learning needs of young children growing up in disadvantage.
Learning more about ACEs informs this work; it broadens our perspectives,
deepens our understanding and motivates us even more to support these
The Communication Champions are a mix of principals,
managers, teachers/early years’ educators and HSCLs.
Both screenings took place in December 2019, with over 60 people attending. Each event included workshops to help attendees to absorb the information, think about its relevance in their work and explore ways of how they can support families.
Attendees were also invited to respond to a series of
questions devised by Ag Eisteacht, as Dr Maeve Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht,
explained: “We are gathering information and looking at the themes arising
during these discussions using thematic analysis.
“We hope that this will help to build a narrative and an
understanding of the impact and use of the Resilience documentary so that it will
inform the discussion about ACEs in Cork and how frontline workers might use it
in practice, individually and collectively, in service delivery.
“As it says in the documentary, ‘What is predictable is preventable’ so it is heartening to see such interest from the teaching and early years community in Cork.”
We look forward to working with many more organisations like Happy Talk for the remainder of 2020 through our Resilience workshop and spreading awareness of ACEs.